I know there are a few posts on this topic, but there are a few factors which limit the possible selection -
My niece (17 years) is looking at purchasing a pair of headphones, and is happy to pay up to $200. Given her age and personality she's after not only something that sounds good AND looks ok but isn't w@nky. This rules out Beats Audio et al similar phones (putting aside the matter as to whether they're good value for money).
Sound-wise, I'd be recommending for her going for something relatively balanced rather than too bass-heavy (especially no muddy bass!).
She'll be listening to them mainly with an iPod, so isn't keen on a long cable.
I'd be interested in any specific recommendations for such phones, whether they be available here or from an overseas site.
Given by the positive things I've read elsewhere on Brainwavz in-ear phones, I wondered what their larger models are like - has anyone heard their HM9 model? Seem to be good value for money, and also comes with cables of different lengths (including one with a mic). Also, unusually Amazon ship them to NZ and with a cheap postage price.
Anything else out there we should look at/listen to? Given the budget, we're looking for value for money.